Saturday, December 03, 2005

Most Dominant Pro Team In North America

In the NHL so far this year, the Ottawa Senators have been very dominant. I am not the only one who has noticed this, James Mirtle asks the question as to whether they are the best team ever (I would answer no way let them win a few Stanley Cups in a row before we even consider that - and their staying together long enough to accomplish that is highly unlikely with the new CBA). With all the success Ottawa has had so far, they have not been the most dominant pro team in their league in North America.

That honor goes to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. This is the Pittsburgh Penguins minor league team. So far this season Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has not lost at all in regulation. They have 19 wins and 2 overtime losses.

Whenever you have a good AHL team with a not so good NHL team, the good AHL team is likely to get broken up to help the NHL squad. This team is no exception. Michel Ouellet, Erik Christensen and Matt Hussey are in the NHL right now (they are 3 of the 4 top scorers so far this year in W-B/S leaving only Tomas Surovy behind). Their top defenceman Ryan Whitney is also in the NHL. Most importantly, their MVP (the best player in the AHL so far this year) Marc-Andre Fleury is also in the NHL.

More than likely, this infusion of talent (especially in goal) will help the Pittsburgh Penguins to improve, but they have a long way to go to be a respectable playoff team.

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